Balancing Food Production and Clean Water
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- The Food Dialogues®: Toledo
- Media campaign highlights farmers’ efforts to improve water quality
- OFBF supports compensation adjustment for judges
- Status of Farm Bureau Priority Issues in Congress
- Opening global markets for Ohio farmers
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Balancing Food Production and Clean Water
The media campaign, rolled out in time for Earth Day (April 22), was one piece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive $1 million Water Quality Action Plan.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s board voted recently to support pay increases for Ohio judges. In a briefing to the board, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor talked about her work to increase judicial pay.
Updates on Waters of the U.S., Death Tax, GMO Labeling, Immigration Reform and Pesticide Regulation in or Near Water
American Farm Bureau is advancing trade talks that could bring new market share for Ohio farm products.
The “Growing Our Generation” e-newsletter will feature articles and insights put together by YAP guest editors with unique farms, jobs and perspectives.
The CAT is an annual privilege tax levied “for the privilege of doing business in this state.” The CAT is a tax on gross receipts.
A diverse panel of experts will discuss the environmental, agricultural, social and economic aspects of clean water and abundant food May 28 in Toledo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
County Farm Bureaus will have more time to develop local partnerships and projects that help protect Ohio’s water resources.
The fact that agriculture has the second highest fatality rate among youth workers keeps Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) founder Marilyn Adams up at night.
Here are some excerpts of recent shows from influential leaders in Ohio
June 1 is the deadline for farmers to file certification regarding highly erodible land and wetland conservation with their local U.S.Department of Agriculture service center.
Ohio Farm Bureau has asked all Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
Spring is the season to check fences, and when farmers start to focus on them, questions to Ohio Farm Bureau begin to increase. Staff members have made two presentations so far focused on the township trustee role in the dispute process. In a nutshell: trustees can help you work through that dispute, according to Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of agricultural law.
On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will restrict the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).
Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.
AgriPOWER Institute graduate Jenny Cox gives you six reasons to apply for AgriPOWER Class VI.
A blog from recent AgriPOWER Institute Class VI graduate Kent Jorgenson about his experience in the program and why if you have ever wondered what more you can do for agriculture and your community, the AgriPOWER Institute is for you.
The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.
Specifically, Ohio Farm Bureau suggested making the formula better reflect the value of land for farming and be less affected by nonfarm factors.
Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the property’s value. Therefore, to determine the taxable value, you could multiply your appraised value by 0.35 to determine the value to which the tax rate will actually be applied.
OFBF’s Director of State Policy Brandon Kern testified recently about the need for Ohio’s agricultural sales tax exemption to stay intact. Part of the legislative process is to periodically review tax exemptions to see if changes should be made.
Ohio Farm Bureau is seeking input from agritourism businesses on what types of challenges they are facing. Both the House and Senate have introduced agritourism bills, which are based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.
Water quality is one of Ohio Farm Bureau’s priority issues this year, and thousands of farmers spent a few hours of their winter attending a fertilizer application certification class.
Nine OFBF members traveled to Washington, D.C. this winter for their first meeting as members of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committees.
In February, the National Wildlife Federation aired a commercial on Toledo radio stations that placed blame for algal blooms solely on farmers. Their message did not go unchallenged. Below is Ohio Farm Bureau's response to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of NWF.
Under Ohio’s revised home sewage treatment rules, homeowners will not be required to replace their septic system “as long as there’s not sewage on the top of the ground, missing parts/pieces or backup in your home,” according to the Ohio Department of Health.
The program offers options and incentives to fund energy efficiency measures that will help farmers control their energy costs.
An estimated 38,000 miles of new or upgraded pipelines are in the works. Here are some helpful tips from Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of energy, utility and local government policy on what to do if you are approached by leasing agents about pipeline work planned to cross your property.
The farmer was driving a tractor with a cultivator that extended about five feet across the center line of a rural, two-lane bridge. The biker was driving in the opposite lane and didn’t see the cultivator. The biker rode directly into its path – killing him instantly.
In May, private employers will receive a notice of their estimated annual workers’ compensation premium based on payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Considering applying for AgriPOWER Class VII? Applications are due April 17. Let recent graduates of Class VI convince you!
Amended substitute Senate Bill 1 addresses Ohio Farm Bureau’s top priority by giving farmers time to request assistance. Farm Bureau successfully argued for provisions that allow farmers to apply for reasonable deadline extensions while they’re working to come into compliance.
The bill allows for common agronomic practices that are proven effective for water quality and workable for farmers.
Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington has been selected to be a part of the eighth class of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, a two-year, high-level program that includes intense, in-person and hands-on training.
AgriPOWER Class VI graduation has come and gone. It’s hard to believe it has been nine months. We began this journey as 19 strangers with a passion for agriculture and personal development, and came out as 19 friends with a greater understanding of each other and the industry in which we all are connected. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this program. I have grown as a person, an agriculturalist and a leader. All attributes that will be helpful for the future of our industry and my family.
As Class VI of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute wrapped up, I couldn’t help but think back to the first session when my peers and I outlined our personal goals for the program. The goals I listed in that July session included learning more about Ohio agriculture and networking with agricultural professionals across the state. I did not imagine in that beginning session just how much AgriPOWER Institute would help me meet those goals.
Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 18-20. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state and the farmers while on the ground on Capitol Hill.
Ohio House Bill 61, aimed at reducing nutrient runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), has earned OFBF’s support.
Starting at the grassroots level, Ohio Farm Bureau has set six state priority issues with a goal of promoting agriculture and having workable legislation that preserves farmers’ livelihoods.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s proposed changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value formula will be examined during a special meeting by the Ohio Department of Taxation’s agricultural advisory committee.
OFBF staff consistently receive questions about taxation issues, and most often, property taxes.
Farmers and other rural business owners should take their time as they evaluate a federal program that helps them manage energy costs.
Can we have clean water without limiting our capacity to grow food? Is energy exploration and development possible without harming the environment?
Grain farmers in Ohio should know there is a safety net in place in case their grain elevator closes its doors. In 1983 the Ohio legislature enacted laws specific to agricultural commodity handlers, including the Grain Indemnity Fund. Here are five things to know.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is currently accepting applications for members of its 2015-2016 AgriPOWER Institute Class VII.
High crop yields combined with below-normal temperatures and a wet harvest in 2014 have farmers and other grain handlers working with less-than-ideal corn and soybeans. Experts are projecting the deadliest year for grain engulfments since 2010, when 59 entrapments were recorded.
The state legislature is fast-tracking legislation dealing with water quality issues. This week the Senate passed a bill that would ban the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen, snow-covered and saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The House is working on a similar bill.
The weather has been challenging in Ohio this week, but the work doesn’t end for farmers. Early in the week we shared some winter photos from our archives and farmers across the state shared their photos with us. Here are ten of our favorite. To see the others shared with us search #OFBF on Instagram or check out posts to our Facebook Page.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program members are required to attend one safety seminar per year to remain program eligible. For a list of dates and locations open the document attached to this page or contact your county Farm Bureau for details about upcoming meetings.
The fifth session of AgriPOWER Class VI Jan. 22-23 focused on local government and local issues in the Toledo area. Class VI focused on local agriculture issues in that part of the state including the water issues Toledo faced this past summer. The class also learned about local government from township, county and city government officials in that part of the state.